It’s a slow time for the Wrestling Business since many workers and fans are on a well-deserved break. There are still opportunities for fun virtually every weekend in New England.
The Professor will likely be at 2 of these shows given that his camping trip to The White Mountains looks like a washout due to Monsoon conditions.
Top Rope Promotions
Friday, August 15, 2014 – Woburn, Massachusetts
Woburn Elks Lodge
295 Washington Street
Doors open at 7:15PM
Show Starts at 8:00PM
Beau Douglas, Bell Time Club, Big Bear, Brandino Davis, Chris Charisma, Cody Ward, D.C. Dillinger, Derek Mitchell, Dominic Delano, Evan Sixx, Jason Rumble, Kevin Quinn, Lizzie Raze, Lumberjake, Michael Mullet, Mike Paiva, Nick Fahrenheight, Ryan Matthews, Sean Feeney, The Professor, Tim Lennox, VCW, VCW Livewire, Wakefield
The Professor was finally able to get to The Bell Time Club for a VCW show. Expectations exceeded. It was a real blast to spend a Saturday afternoon amongst some of the biggest stars in New England as they performed as much for each other as we fans. The club is in a steel building, the kind that is generally used for industrial uses such as auto body, auto repair, and machine shops. The next door neighbor is a detailing shop. There’s just about enough room for a ring and some very limited seating. Fans are literally 2 feet from the apron. Talk about intimate.
July 19, 2014
The Bell Time Club
Wakefield, MA USA
Ring Announcer: Derek Mitchell
Principal Owner Chris Charisma (a dead ringer for NECW Referee Magoo Bartolo) entered the ring in a neck brace and sporting a cane. He spoke of “The Brotherhood” attacking him and Tim Lennox’s father. (The Professor is not up on the whole back story). Consequently the main event would be a “Throw in The Towel” match with Beau Douglas vs. Tim Lennox for the VCW Championship. A result would only happen when one wrestler’s cornerman throws in the towel. No pins, count outs, submissions, or DQs apply.
1. Evan Siks v. Cody Ward. W – Siks
Mr. Siks demolished The Hampton Beach Bad Boy in probably 2 minutes. Ward never knew what hit him and it was over almost as soon as it started. The Professor has seen Evan Siks in multiple promotions and feels he is one of the very best as a Single and Tag Team competitor. Ward is up-and-coming but sometimes it’s just not your day. How many people would last as long as 2 minutes with Mr. Siks in any kind of match?
2. Michael Mullett v. Ryan Matthews (with Lizzie Raze). W – Matthews
Ryan Matthews came into the room accompanied by Ms. Raze and his own brand of swagger. He claims to be “The Uncrowned VCW Champion”. Courageous diminutive wrestler Mullett faced him man-to-man. The Professor has seen Mullett all over New England. He is in shape, getting better, and is known for being able to take a beating. Example: He took a Pile Driver from the Giant Pharaoh last year in Hyannis.
Despite his braggadocio, Matthews was not all that dominant over the smaller Mullett. Mullett ended up pinning Matthews but the Referee was predictably distracted by Lizzie Raze. When Mullett unwisely went to tap his shoulder, Matthews pounced and got the pin himself.
3. Big Bear v. Lumberjake. W – Big Bear
Big Bear weighs 450 pounds. Lumberjake at 320 is probably used to being the big man in his matches. Not this time. Lumberjake was never able to mount an effective offense. Big Bear showed real discipline. He paced himself and just kept coming. He did not allow Lumberjake to get him off his feet. Big Bear finished the match with a Splash and Pin that were decisive. Lumberjake looked stunned and breathless. It’s lucky he didn’t sustain internal injuries.
4. Knucklebusters vs. Absent Opponents. No Contest
The Knucklebusters were plenty PO’d about the fact that their scheduled opponents, The Refflers, were not in the house. They complained that this was the third time that a scheduled team failed to appear. There was no explanation given for The Refflers’ absence. Burly disrespected The Refflers by calling them “Two Striped Punks From Rhode Island”. The Professor, being a supporter of The Refflers, was tempted to give it to him good, but this was his first time in Mr. Rumble’s house so he behaved himself and just observed.
Burly and Bugsy proceeded to drink cans of beer and said that they were granted ten minutes of mic time and that it would be spent drinking in the ring. Cody Ward came from back stage and challenged Burly to an arm wrestling contest. A table was brought in and the opponents got into position when Bugsy Pearl Harbored Ward and a melee broke out, culminating with the Referee being savagely beaten. Three or four officials cleared the ring and Superstar Ref Quinn told Burly that “this will cost you”.
The Professor is going to get to the bottom of what happened with The Refflers (They were scheduled the same day at Power League in East Providence, RI) and will report back. The Refflers can’t allow this kind of impertinence to stand. Part of being the future of New England Wrestling is clearing out old brush. More to follow…
5. Nick Fahrenheit v. D.C. Dillinger. W – Fahrenheit (DQ)
Compact wrestler Fahrenheit has incredible courage. Basically because everyone he faces is bigger. Every match. He has speed and skills to compensate for size. His kicks do a lot of damage, as Dillinger found out.
D.C. Dillinger is tall and lanky and has more power than it first appears. He was accompanied by Mr. Matthews which portended no good for Mr. Fahrenheit. Dillinger and Matthews ended up getting disqualified for attacking Referee Quinn. Tim Lennox cleared out the area with a chair.
6. Brandino Davis v. Dominic Delano. W – Davis
The Professor has to apologize for his coverage of this match. A biological imperative forced him to leave the room during the contest. As he was coming back he heard Mr. Davis announced as the winner.
7. VCW Livewire Championship Match: Mike Paiva v. Jason Rumble. W – Rumble
The Professor has been hearing some buzz lately about Mr. Paiva “The Showoff”. The Professor has seen Jason Rumble many times in NECW. The guy is not only a NWH OF member, he’s a working legend. Paiva gave him a good run but it wasn’t enough. This is Mr. Rumble’s House and it showed. Rumble put Paiva into a variant of the Torture Rack and pinned him decisively.
8. VCW Heavyweight Championship Match: Beau Douglas v. Tim Lennox. W – Douglas
The match was stipulated as a “Throw in The Towel” contest. No Pins, DQ, Count Outs, or Submissions. Victory only when opponent’s Cornerman throws in the towel. Beau Douglas chose Jason Rumble because he felt that based on their history, Rumble would not throw. Tim Lennox chose his Father.
Douglas and Lennox put on a classic match, for the most part going toe-to-toe. Jason Rumble was a constant factor, tormenting not only Lennox but making his Father’s life miserable. Lennox Senior did a good job of giving it back to Mr. Rumble but he was outclassed in this area by a veteran. (The video should be great since Jason Rumble stuck his mug into the camera over and over with his ongoing commentary).
Lots of factors went into this match. Chris Charisma could not restrain himself and hit Beau Douglas in the stomach with his cane. Beau spit water in Tim’s face. At a certain point in the match Sean Feeney sat 2 seats away from The Professor and started grousing with fans and Mr. Rumble about his firing. This seemed normal enough until the end when Mr. Douglas had Young Lennox in an unstoppable Boston Crab. His Father tried to encourage him but then Feeney grabbed the towel and threw it in. That was it. Beau Douglas – New Champion. Tim Lennox then went nuts with the betrayal of his “best friend”. All hell broke loose as Rumble and Douglas just laughed and laughed. (Though Beau and Feeney did get thrown half way through a wall. Just part of the job.) Charisma vowed a personal match against Feeney when his neck is healed.
The Professor doesn’t know what all the commotion is about. Beau Douglas stole the Title Fair-and-Square. The next match was set up beautifully by management and all the workers. This was one of the most fun events that The Professor has seen this year.
This Lennox kid has been popping up at NECW and SPW events lately and has taken amazing beatings. He objected most strenuously when the Professor cheered his entrance at a recent SPW show. The Professor can’t help appreciating talent.
Text from VCW Website:
We can now announce that the main event for Spring Slam will be the much anticipated re-match for the VCW Heavyweight Championship between Current champion Tim Lennox and former Champion the Masshole Mike McCarthy. It was at the Golden Helmet awards show in January when Lennox scored, what has to be considered, a huge update by ending the year plus long reign of McCarthy. At McCarthy’s request the match was contested under no disqualification rules. It appeared that with the rest of The Brotherhood surrounding the ring that the rules overwhelmingly favored McCarthy. After beating each other with everything they could get their hands on, including signs, tables, and even staplers, Lennox reversed a small package attempt by McCarthy to score the fall and capture the title. McCarthy has been very vocal in his belief that Lennox’s victory was nothing more than a fluke and come Spring Slam McCarthy vows he will once again hold VCW’s biggest prize. McCarthy’s claims have not gone unnoticed by the current Champion. Lennox is well aware that some, including the former champ, consider his title reign a fluke. He plans to make a believer out of every one of his doubters by taking on all challenges and plans to make a believer out of McCarthy by convincingly defeating the Masshole, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind that the man once considered the underdog is now the unquestioned top dog in VCW.